2004 Chevrolet Malibu LT V6 from North America
Incredible auto; just follow the maintenance schedule, for minimal worry
Not a heck of a lot...
Had to replace the oil pan gasket at slightly under 288,000 miles, and the stock exhaust system at about 29,000.
Took it back for three recalls over the years.
One of the best autos I have ever owned.
Plenty of value for the dollar spent. The car doesn't owe me a cent at this point.
The engine is solid, burns about a cup of oil every month (I use 20-40 high mileage oil). Solid transmission, virtually no problems noted. I do drive highway miles, and stop and go is minimal.
I have it serviced at the local Chevrolet dealership, and the mechanics tell me that my '04 has not been the only one still running at the top of its game, but I have the most mileage of any of them.
Looking forward to 300,000 miles, and will probably purchase another one if it has less than 140,000 miles on it.
One problem noted, the fuel gauge stopped working, but I use the trip meter as a guide to fill ups.
The auto drive works fine, all the electric windows work smoothly, transmission excellent. All I do is follow the guide book on maintenance.
Would recommend this vehicle to anyone.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2015
26th Apr 2015, 03:03
Glad to hear you're getting good service from your Malibu :)
Question: Are you really running 20-40 weight motor oil? I thought these took 5W-30? The thick stuff slows down leaks, but can get "interesting" if you live in a cold climate ;)
3rd Aug 2015, 14:49
After the installation of the new seal, mechanics recommended 5-30, had the oil changed two thousand miles ago, and so far with 297,000 miles on her, she burns no oil. The gasket seems to have done the job.
Had two mechanics offer to buy my auto, if I was interested in selling, maybe next year, or at 400,000 miles, we will see...
I love my car! tTen stars and counting :+)}}}
3rd Aug 2015, 22:38
I have a 1993 Dodge Caravan with 316,000 miles that still runs good. Yours is a testimony to taking care of a car, it will last. Also, highway miles are the best for a car.